ActionAid International The Gambia in
partnership with Njawara Agricultural Training Center recently trained 30
people whose communities benefited from 824,615.00 Euros (45, 766, 132.5
dalasi) European Union funded project on Promoting Agro-ecology and Eco
The project will be implemented in Central River Region-Southern and North Bank Region with an implementation period of 36 months (1st August 2018 to 31st July 2021), covering Lower and Upper Badibou, Jokadou, Upper Niumi, Niamina East, Niamina west and Niamina Dankunku Districts.
The project targets to contribute to job creation and food security for women and youth from the 30 beneficiary villages through agro-ecology and resilience building to mitigate against irregular migration.
The training will be followed by community analysis on vulnerabilities, hazard mapping and ranking occurrences of disasters, resource mapping with proposed actions for advocacy and campaign.
Badara Jobe of the Njavara Agricultural Training Center (NATC) challenged participants to be focused, saying coping with climate vulnerabilities is paramount and will go a long way in helping women to establish positive coping mechanism when disaster strikes.
According to him, the training is timely because farmers, especially women and youth will understand better innovative farming and coping systems in the light of climate change.
Foday Kanyi, programme specialist on resilience and climate justice said the project seeks to scale up adaptive capacities of women and youth on sustainable agriculture and climate change through agro-ecology and resilience practices and eco-restoration.
Also the project coordinator of ActionAid International, The Gambia, Mr. Kanyi said 1, 860 people (women and youth) will benefit directly from the project and by extension, 32, 137 will benefit indirectly.
According to him, the project will establish 3 demonstration farms that will be serving as centers for innovation for Climate Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) and support farmers with livelihood schemes and production inputs that will enhance their adaptive and innovative skills in the light of climate change.
The training involved demonstration and practical use of participatory tools such as vulnerability map, resource map, Venn diagramming, seasonal calendar, historical timeline and hazard mapping.